Monday, November 30, 2009

The Gift Game

If it is one thing I can't stand, it's a child who plows through gifts one after another without stopping to appreciate the gift. Luckily, I discovered "the gift game" and plan on prepping my little guy for the Christmas and birthday gifts he will soon be receiving...BTW his birthday is on Christmas, so there will be a lot of gifts from a lot of people!

A mom in Rockford MI gave me this idea, and it is fairly simple. Gather a couple of used gift bags (we always save them) and tell your child(ren) that you are going to play the "gift game!" Everyone playing gets to "shop" for another person playing by going around the house and placing an item in the bag. You'll want to make sure that your kiddos understand that they don't get to keep the gift, it is just a game.

When the shopping is done, the gifts are exchanged. The first rule is that the receiver MUST say thank you when given the gift. Once they open the gift, the receiver must then come up with a compliment about the item. Depending on the item, your child may have to be creative and might need a little help at first. Once the gifts are exchanged, feel free to go shopping again!

I LOVE this idea! I get so annoyed when children are not polite when getting a gift, but then I realized no one is probably teaching them how to be polite! That will no longer be an excuse in my household! Jonathan and I will be playing this game today!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

"30 Days of Thankfulness" Day 30:

Wow! I did it! I truly am thankful for the insight I have gained on doing this little task. It has shed light on all of the wonderful blessings I have in my life and as helped me bring back the basics to the holiday. So often, I get caught up in preparing for Christmas that Thanksgiving gets a little over looked. Not this year...I have celebrated it for 30 days! Happy Thanksgiving!

"30 Days of Thankfulness" Day 29:

I am thankful that I have Thanksgiving Day off from work. So many of my radio buddies will be working tomorrow, but I am one of the lucky ones!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

"30 Days of Thankfulness"

Day 28: I am thankful that my husband got up at 5am to make me breakfast this morning! I usually just grab a cereal bar, but I had to go in today to get my glucose test done, and was only allowed to eat protein. I usually do not allow myself enough time to make a full blown breakfast because it is just too darn early, and to be honest, eating a lot that early makes me feel icky. But, my husband realized that I would starve to death if I didn't eat something, so he got up and made me some boiled eggs that I could take with me! LOVE HIM!!!!

Day 27: I am thankful for my sisters, who are the greatest friends I'll ever have! We might not always agree or even get along, for that matter, but when it comes down to it, our bond will never be broken and we always have each other's back! Love you, Gail, Kelly, and Penny!

Day 26: I am thankful for my parents! Don't ask me how they ever did it. Raising four daughters in our society to be ladies, with a sense of morals with pretty decent heads on their shoulders! Not to mention, on the smallest of budgets. I swear my mother is the most frugal woman on the planet and my father would have done just about anything to make sure he was providing for his family, even in the hardest of economies. I always thought we we were so rich as a child. After all, we always had everything we wanted and Dad was always driving a new car...a perk of being a car salesman. It never occurred to me that those cars were never really ours until I was in my teens! LOVE YOU SO MUCH Byron and Sally!

Day 25: I am thankful that Jon and I have settled on a color for our kitchen cabinets and are still married! I swear for a brief moment in the Lowe's checkout line, we became Jon and Amy plus 1 and a half! I don't think I have ever spoke to my husband in such an irritated tone--in front of strangers no doubt! We seriously have gone through about 7 different colors of green in order to get the right shade! Jon should really have been ready to kill me, since he was the one painting and I kept saying, "that just isn't it." Although, he must have agreed with me, because we kept schlepping to store to store to buy more paint! Finally, we have decided on a color called "on the beach." Which you would assume is the color of sand, right? Wrong--it's a greenish beige!

Day 24: I am thankful that I can still act like a child with my son! Today Jonathan and I went to get our hair cut together and it was raining. When we came out of the salon, Jonathan asked if he could splash in the puddles. My first reaction was to tell him NO! After all, he would get all wet and could possibly get sick. Then I realized that I was being one of "those" mothers and told myself to let go....and did we ever!

Day 23: I am thankful for a comfortable, warm, and loving home! It might not be the biggest house on the block, or in the richest neighborhood, or even in the best school district (by some people's standards). is ours! And it is full of love and we are always warm and always have food on the table!

Day 22: I am thankful that my sore throat is easing, but not so thankful for the doctor's diagnosis of sciatica. I have heard of pregnant women complain about sciatica before, but I never really got it until now...OUCH!

Day 21: To quote Jonathan: "I am thankful for our new baby!" Jonathan's preschool has been talking about things they are thankful for and I am glad that his soon-to-arrive baby brother made the list! Apples, plants, and animals also made his list. No mention of Mommy or Daddy, though!

Day 20: I am thankful that I have legs! Even though my left leg and hip seem to be killing me, I know that am blessed to have the use of both my legs and don't even want to thank about the possibility of ever losing that ability.

Day 19: I am thankful that I booked a spa and made a few sales at my Beauti Control booth! I have been trying to concentrate on my business lately, in the hopes of turning to it full-time when the baby is born, so I bought a table at a local craft fair. While I didn't see as many people attend the fair as I would have liked, I did get the experience and a decent starting point!

Day 18: I am thankful for this great November weather! It seems as if in years past, we have had snow on the ground at least once by now. I'll take this sunshine any day!

Day 17: I am thankful for a loving, supportive, good-looking, and all around wonderful husband! I truly feel as if I have hit the jackpot. Marrying my husband was by far the greatest decision I have ever made. I swear there isn't anything this man wouldn't do for me. He spoils me with his care and is the best father any woman could ask for her children! I am so blessed that Jon is the head of our household! Love you babe! (okay, now I am tearing up, shouldn't do this preggo!)

Day 16: I am thankful that my son has such loving grandparents! My husband's parents really dote on their eldest grandson...something that I sometimes get a little concerned over, since my parents have a lot more grandchildren to dote over. I am so thankful, though that Jonathan is making great memories with his grandparents. Some of my favorite memories of my childhood include my grandparents and I am so glad that Jonathan will have those memories too. What a special relationship they have, and it is something I could never provide for him.

Day 15: I am thankful for Veterans! Happy Veteran's Day!

Day 14: I am thankful that I my neighbors do NOT burn their leaves! It seems as if everyone else is doing that this year. I guess the county stopped their pick up service, and since we live on the city/county line, I have been smelling a lot of disgusting smells. Thank heavens it is not waifing through my house and into my curtains, sheets, linens....

Day 13: I am thankful for a great weekend! My parents, in-laws, and eldest sister/husband, came to visit me and take me out to dinner for my birthday. I have to admit that turning 35 has been a little hard on me, and their visit really cheered me up. They all appeased me by going to a Mexican restaurant that I recently discovered, even though the majority of them do not like it. Since Jon and I spent our first year of marriage in New Mexico, however, we fell in love with authentic Mexican cuisine. To my surprise, and I'm sure theirs, they all really liked it. We will most definitely be going there again!

Day 12: I am thankful for the laughter at lunch with my husband and son! We did a little shopping and decided to go to Sonic for lunch. Jonathan was thrilled at the idea of sitting in the car and having a girl on roller skates bring him his meal...not to mention he got to unbuckle his seat belt and eat in the car! I ordered a chili cheese dog (pregnant lady, leave me alone!) and for some reason, I had managed to move the hot dog farther up the bun. When I noticed this strange phenomenon, I turned to Jon, extremely concerned that someone had messed with my hot dog! It never occurred to me that I had done it! Boy did we have a good laugh at that one!!

Day 11: I am thankful for all of the birthday wishes! Believe me, this birthday has been hard to swallow. I just keep thinking, you can't be THAT old, you are pregnant!

Day 10: I am thankful for the thoughtfulness of my sister-in-law! Every year around my birthday, I get an exciting package in the mail addressed from Chicago. I know it's my birthday present from Christy and her family. It really means a lot to know that she thinks about me in advance to ship me a gift to make sure I have it on my birthday, even though she is unable to hand it to me in person! Not to mention...she buys really great gifts!

Day 9: I am thankful for a bright, funny, and caring son! Jonathan can make me laugh out loud and amaze me at is knowledge in almost the same breath. What a wonderful person I get to call mine!

Day 8: I am thankful for my friend and former co-worker, Darren! I the radio business, you rarely find someone so thoughtful and moral! Darren is truly a gem! I first met him and his radio partner, Tim, after coming off maternity leave for having Jonathan. Tim, by the way, is also a wonderful man! The three of us had a blast doing a morning show together in Grand Rapids, Mi on Thunder 94.5. The memories I made with them are some of the fondest of my career to date. For the last two years, however, as we have been living and working in different states, Darren has been e-mailing me a skit on a daily basis in which he impersonates Regis Philbin. He does this out of the kindness of his heart, for no pay. Darren and Tim recently lost their radio gig in Kansas City, so I thought that was the end of my "Regis segment." I guess I really misjudged my friend. Even though he is unemployed and no longer has a show to call his own, he has continued to e-mail me my segment from his home computer. Now that is what you call a true professional who loves what he does and a great friend! I pray that these two find a new radio home soon!

Day 7: I am thankful for country music! As long as I can remember, I have loved country music. I don't know why I was drawn to it, but it almost feels as if it is a part of me. I remember wanting to be a singer growing up. Something I tried very hard to be good at, but let's face talent is best suited for an occasional night out at a Karaoke bar. I always told my mother though, that someday I would be heard on the radio. I never would have guessed then that I would be heard talking, NOT singing!

Monday, November 2, 2009

"30 Days of Thankfulness" Day 6:

I am thankful to be one of God's children!

"30 Days of Thankfulness" Days 4 and 5

The weekend has gotten away from me, so I am combining my posts today. Funny since my post on Friday was all about loving the weekend's non-schedule feeling...obviously only a FEELING!

Day 4: I am thankful for my husband! While there are many reasons I am thankful for my wonderful husband, today I am thankful that he is using his "fall break" to work in our kitchen. We have been thinking about updating for awhile now. We are trying to do it as cheaply as we can, so it is a little challenging--particularly for Jon because he is doing all of the labor. We purchased a used dishwasher, which is an upgrade believe it or not, and are planning to resurface our cabinet fronts and paint them. That is after moving them around a bit. I'll update with some pictures when we get a little further along in the process....I have given my loving husband a deadline of December 1st. That way I can get the house ready for Christmas!

Day 5: I am thankful for my health!

With sooo many people getting the H1N1 virus, how could I NOT be thankful for being healthy? My sister is getting over pneumonia and now her daughter is running a 103 temperature! I have another sister who is having problems with her wrist popping out of socket and her kids have had the sniffles too! Jonathan had a low grade fever on Friday, but luckily it went down on its own in a few hours. Just enough to get me in a slight panic...thankfully it turned into nothing! Growing a baby is a lot of work and a lot of worry comes with it! I'm going to keep obsessively wash my hands, take my vitamins, and eat my broccoli!